Sam Hallam

Sam Hallam freed on bail

A man who was convicted of murder in 2005, has been freed on bail, in a dramatic hearing at the Court of Appeal.

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Sam Hallam to be freed on bail after more than six years in jail

Sam Hallam
Sam Hallam Credit: Hallam family

A man who was convicted of murder six and a half years ago, is to be freed on bail, after prosecutors announced they would not oppose his appeal against conviction.

Sam Hallam, 24, was present in the dock at the Court of Appeal in London for the dramatic turn of events.

There were cheers and tears in the public gallery as Lady Justice Hallett said the court would give its ruling in the case tomorrow, but that Hallam would be released on bail this afternoon.

Earlier, the court heard from his QC that Hallam was the victim of a "serious miscarriage of justice".

Hallam was 18 when he was sentenced to life in prison.

He was convicted of the murder of trainee chef Essayas Kassahun, 21, who died after being attacked by a group of youths on the St Luke's estate in Clerkenwell, London, in October 2004.

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